November 6, 2013 (New York, NY) — Education Through Music’s (ETM) music teachers will march alongside 30 veterans, performing a medley of patriotic hymns and service songs, in the 2013 Veterans Day Parade in New York City on Monday, November 11th. ETM will be supporting veterans affiliated with the Jericho Project. Jericho Project is a nonprofit that provides supportive services and housing assistance to formerly homeless and low-income veterans in New York City. ETM will also provide a color guard, under the direction of ETM’s Director of Programs Pete Pauliks, to complement the music with a visual display.
The partnership between ETM and Jericho began after Jericho Project’s Fredy Tello, the Senior Director of the Veterans Initiative, contacted ETM about getting involved in the parade. At the time of Tello’s initial request, ETM was forming its first “lab band” as part of its continued efforts to expand its professional development workshops—known also as the ETM Academy. The lab band is comprised of approximately 25 current ETM ensemble teachers, who meet periodically to train in conducting techniques and other instrument pedagogy. The lab band teachers were interested in participating in the parade to salute America’s veterans for their service.
“Education Through Music is honored to join forces with the Jericho Project to acknowledge the sacrifice and courage of our nation’s veterans, servicemembers and their families,” says Katherine Damkohler, Executive Director of Education Through Music. “We hope we can offer these brave men and women some comfort and joy through music on their day.”
The annual New York City Veterans Day Parade is produced by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC) and will run along Fifth Avenue, starting at 23rd Street and continuing until 56th Street in Manhattan, and is expected to have over 20,000 participants.
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